Exchange Studies

Application for the spring term 2020 is now closed. If your home department has nominated you and you have applied to us your notification of selection result will be published on the 8th of November. Those of you we're able to offer a place you will find a welcome letter on the page of the course package that you're accepted to once the result has been announced; BFA, 2nd term or MFA, 2nd term.


How to apply

Step 1. Nomination
In order to apply to us there must be an exisiting partner agreement between us and your home university. If there is such an agreement you have to let your International Coordinator know that you want to apply so that he/she can nominate you for the exchange studies.

Nomination deadline for the spring term 2020: October 1

Step 2. Applying for courses
After you have been nominated by your Coordinator you will receive an automatic e-mail with instructions how to apply for courses. Please note that the e-mail may occasionally be caught in the spam folder.

Application deadline for the spring term 2020: October 15

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We at the Art Academy offer two course packages, one on bachelor's level and one on master's level. Depending on your previous knowledge/wether you're a bachelor or a master student and how many ECTS in Fine Art courses you have, you may apply to either of the two packages including courses that we offer to our programme students in their 2nd term of studies. In order to find our course packages click here, check the box "Architecture, design, culture and art" under Subjects and they will appear. Both of them are called Artistic practice:

Artistic practice, bachelor's level, term 2

Artistic practice, master's level, term 2

On top of the 30 credits you take with us you have the possibility to apply for and be accepted to another 15 credits of courses offered by some other department within Umeå University.

Once you're here, besides the course package you have the option to sign up for the workshops that we offer. These will not give you any extra credits but hopefully provide you with new skills and if you want to you can always ask the teacher or professor holdig the workshop to certify that you have participated in his/her workshop.

Step 3. Work samples, motivation letter and CV
In addition to applying for courses you need to send your digital portfolio to us. This application should include approximtely 5 work samples, a motivation letter and your CV.  Send your application to

Deadline for sending in work samples, motivation letter and CV: November 1

Selection procedure

After the deadline, our professors will go through the incoming applications and decide who they want to offer a place based on the artistic quality of the student's portfolio and motivation letter. We always have to adjust to the total number of students at the school as we only have a certain number of studio places to offer so whether or not we'll be able to offer a place very much depends on how many students we have at the moment.